The Victorian Government has announced a grant of $100,000 to the Victorian Pride Centre to tackle the issue of isolation for LGBTI young people in rural Victoria.
“Our newly established website is now going to be able to feature a virtual platform of mental health resources and information for socially or geographically isolated young LGBTI people,” Victorian Pride Centre chair Jude Munro said in a statement.
“This will mean they will be able to get online information and resources around the clock.”
Munro said the Pride Centre, a non-profit organisation, would work with beyondblue, Victorian AIDS Council and Switchboard to “make sure we add value to their existing resources.”
“We’re grateful to the Victorian Government for their insight into the needs of our community and the speed of their response to this pressing problem of isolation,” she said.
The $15 million Pride Centre project was first announced in April last year to bring LGBTI artwork, archives, community spaces and health and support services together in one location in St Kilda.
The Victorian AIDS Council, Switchboard, Midsumma Festival, Melbourne Queer Film Festival, Minus 18, JOY FM and the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives will be among the Centre’s major tenants.
It’s expected work will begin on the site within the next twelve months.
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